Wallet integration in Windows Phone is a useful way for credit / debit and other cards to be stored for use, without carrying around the pesky wallet (hence the naming of the app itself). Software developer Scott Lovegrove (@scottisafool) has created an app called Store Card Buddy to further expand on this functionality and provide a means for consumers to store and generate retail / store cards.
So how does it work? Instead of relying on the trusty purse or wallet to house the store cards, which need to be pulled out when paying for items at the till, a Windows Phone user can fire up Store Card Buddy (or Wallet - depending on how it's all configured) and present generated bar codes. Card barcodes are scanned using the camera, or entered manually into listings, which can subsequently be backed up to SkyDrive.
Store Card Buddy also supports Wallet integration. You can even add the app to your Windows Phone by going through Wallet, which is pretty handy. Best of all, it's available for free. As noted above, the app enables users to scan barcodes for ease of use, but should the app not be able to read the barcode, there's always a manual option.
A number of card providers are supported to categorise cards, including Tesco Clubcard, Nectar card, Pets at Home, Subway, to name but a few. There's the option to add and categorise a card that doesn't fall under the above brands too. Should you enjoy the shops and own a number of loyalty cards, this is definitely the app for you.
You can download Store Card Buddy from the Windows Phone Store (both Windows Phone 8 and 7.x). Note that it's recommended that users double check with stores if their scanners will work with smartphone displays - no one wants to be caught out if they don't.